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America West Reports Record July Traffic

PHOENIX, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—America West Airlines (NYSE: AWA) today reported traffic statistics for the month of July 2003. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for July 2003 were a record 2.0 billion, an increase of 7.5 percent from July 2002. Capacity for July 2003 was 2.4 billion available seat miles (ASMs). The passenger load factor for the month of July was a record 84.2 percent, up 6.3 points from July 2002. America West also reported record year-to-date RPMs of 12.4 billion and load factor of 76.4 percent.

“In addition to our record load factor and RPMs, we are very pleased to report that our July yields also increased and at a greater year-over-year rate than in June 2003,” said Scott Kirby, executive vice president, sales and marketing. “This strong revenue performance is in stark contrast to the rest of the airline industry and reflects the continuing benefits of our outstanding operational performance and customer service, our business friendly fare-structure and our aggressive summer yield management policies.”

Founded in 1983 and proudly celebrating its 20-year anniversary in 2003, America West Airlines is the nation`s second largest low-fare airline and the only carrier formed since deregulation to achieve major airline status. Today, America West serves 92 destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.